Benefits of Senior Living
Most seniors want to live in their own homes as they continue to age, preferring in-home care, also called “aging in-place.” It’s very understandable, as they’re comfortable in a familiar place and don’t want to uproot. But, there are many advantages to senior living communities. Here’s why community living might be the best option for you:
One of the biggest challenges reported by seniors who are aging in-place is isolation. Being unable to drive and having friends and family move away can lead to loneliness, and this lack of stimulating companionship has been shown to shorten lives and may even contribute to the progression of dementia.
Community living changes everything. Living together enables seniors to socialize and make new friends. Communities offer daily social dining, indoor and outdoor amenities and gathering places, and regular social programming to ensure an abundance of stimulating interaction. Many residents even report feeling more energized with a renewed sense of purpose.
Many seniors who continue living at home struggle to eat right, manage their medication, and get the regular health care they need to live comfortable, fulfilling lives. Poor nutrition and lack of physical and mental health care can be a serious issue.
With community living, seniors have centralized social dining, with meals prepared by culinary teams who always have proper nutrition in mind.
Also, community staff are always there to help with medication, and many regular health care services are available on site.
Assistance & Independence
So many seniors who are aging in-place report feeling like a “bother” to family members and caregivers who must come to their home to assist with daily living tasks, housekeeping, and errands.
But, at senior living communities, compassionate staff and caregivers provide discreet and appropriate assistance, giving residents an easier lifestyle with greater feelings of independence.
Seniors who can no longer drive must rely on friends, family, and caregivers for regular transportation. This can lead to greater feelings of isolation and dependency, which no one wants to feel.
Instead, at a senior living community, residents have daily access to shuttles and other transportation for shopping, church, errands, and entertainment, all within a social environment
There’s a long list of modifications that must be made to a senior’s home to keep it a safe environment. But, adding non-slip surfaces and grab bars, widening doors, installing ramps, and other modifications can become quite expensive.
Plus, in the event a senior falls or has a medical emergency in their home, help might not be readily available.
With senior living communities, all these safety modifications are already in place. Plus, there’s always a trained medical professional ready to respond immediately to falls and other medical issues.